Cherry blossom season is an important part of the Japanese calendar, and for those who wish they could see the beautiful blossoms all year round, lighting company Ryoukou has kindly stepped in with a man-made version.
A spokesperson said, “This is the flower that has been loved and admired by the Japanese since ancient times. We have reproduced this cherry blossom to perfection so we can show the rest of the world.”
To achieve this, each tree is fitted with 7,680 light-emitting diodes that are spread over 40 branches. Creating an effect that Ryoukou claims will be “relaxing and comforting for others”.
There are however a few drawbacks. As you can imagine, 40 branches will require a lot of space, and the whole thing weighs in at a rather hefty 500 kg. Although these potential pitfalls are nothing compared to the price tag. The white blossom version will set you back a whopping 3.5 million yen (17,500 pound). But thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom, as for those willing to make do with a mixture of white and red lights, one can be picked up for the bargain bin price of 2.65 million yen (13,250 pound).
And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the tree consumes no more than 410 watts of power. Making it both comforting and cost-effective.